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Home Heating: Fact versus Fiction

It’s winter. You’re cold. Your partner says, “Turn up the thermostat.” Should you?

Before you do, check out these home heating facts and fictions.

Fiction: Turning up the thermostat will warm your house faster.

Fact: When you’ve just come in from the cold street air, you’re naturally cold. But quickly turning the thermostat to 30 degrees won’t heat the house more quickly. Your radiators don’t push out more heat when the thermostat is high. Plus, the next thing you know, your home will be sweltering and you’ll be opening windows to cool down, wasting heat and money.

Fiction: You should turn the heat up when the temperature dips outside.

Fact: In a survey conducted by Energy Saving Trust, more than half of UK respondents admitted they turn up the heat when it’s cold outside. However, this is not necessarily needed. Your thermostat will maintain your chosen inside temperature, regardless of the weather outside.

Fiction: Running electric heaters and turning down the boiler will save money.

Fact: The theory is that a small electric heater uses less energy. But heating this way can cost much more than using your gas boiler. The feeling of warm air blowing from the heater may give the illusion of more heat, but these portable heaters are inefficient. And they can be fire hazards if placed in a dangerous spot.

Fiction: Turning the thermostat up and down uses more energy than maintaining a constant temperature all day long.

Fact: If the system is running less, it means it’s using less energy. Keeping it on a low setting means you’re heating your home unnecessarily when you’re away. Plus, your rooms will be too cold when you’re back at home. Instead, conserve energy – and money! – by turning the thermostat down when you’re asleep or away.

We’d like to give you more facts about our Intergas range of award-winning energy-conserving boilers, so feel free to get in touch with our helpful team. You can call us on 01527 888000 or email info@intergasheating.co.uk .  We’re looking forward to chatting with you!

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